Unique Fall and Winter Activities in Sonoma County

Unique Fall and Winter Activities in Sonoma County

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Unique Fall and Winter Activities in Sonoma County

For adventure and one-of-a-kind activities this fall and winter season, Sonoma County is a wonderland. We've got world-class wine and food experiences, of course, but also arts, nature, holiday festivals, and boutique shopping parties. Sonoma County not only inspires you to uncover new experiences — it will inspire you to uncover something new within yourself. A fresh sense of adventure.

Whenever you visit, we're ready with 'only in Sonoma' outings.

Guided Public Tour at Garden Valley Ranch

Nov. 2, 2018


Garden Valley Ranch, Petaluma, California


Every month, the Sonoma County Farm Trail group hosts guided tours of local farms, so visitors of all ages can explore the joys and challenges of agriculture and animal husbandry. For November, the spotlight is on this historic Victorian estate property that dates back to 1890. You'll admire more than 8,000 rosebushes planted on more than five acres of beautiful fields, alongside perennials, annuals and bulbs. The Secret Garden also displays a large koi pond, water fountains, and landscaped pergolas, columns and arches. You can also buy potted roses at the on-site Garden Store & Nursery. Tickets are $10.

Details: 498 Pepper Road, Petaluma, 707-795-0919.

Heritage Turkey Sunday Supper

November 4, 2018


Heritage Turkey Sunday Supper, Glen Ellen, California


It's a delicious party, but also a good cause, as the event raises funds to support the future of agriculture in Sonoma County, including the 4H kids who are raising the prize turkeys, Slow Food Russian River, Worth our Weight, and Sonoma County Farm Trails. Gather at Atwood Ranch in Glen Ellen, for the Farmyard Reception where you can meet the kids and their turkeys, and dozens of local chefs, purveyors, vintners and brewers. After a silent auction, you'll enjoy a multi-course dinner from top local chefs. And you can bid on a heritage turkey, too, for your own family feast. Tickets start at $100.

Details: 12099 Sonoma Hwy., Glen Ellen.

Salmon Creek Adventures


Fall is a particularly good time to explore the Sonoma Coast, with treasures like Salmon Creek. This is a great place to splash down, since the beach is slightly inland in a lagoon, making the water warmer and calmer. Nearly two miles of sand make this an excellent place for surf fishing, beachcombing, and picnicking, while waves attract swimmers and surfers. The area is also home to the he western snowy plover, a bird listed under the Federal Endangered Species Act.

Lighting of the Snowmen

Dec. 1, 2018


Lighting of the Snowmen, Sonoma, California


The beloved annual event once turned into the launching of the snowmen, when the plastic characters were hurled across the highway by a slingshot into a vineyard. Another time, they were blown from a cannon. But it's all in fun, for the hundreds grinning fellows set up at Cornerstone shops and garden center. The day features pictures with Santa, hot chocolate, wine and beer tastings, kids' holiday crafts and games, food, and, of course, learning what will happen to the snowmen this time around. Admission is free; parking is $10.

Details: 23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, 707-933-3010.

Petaluma's Annual Gingerbread House Showcase and Competition

Dec. 7-9, 2018

Yum, the perfume of gingerbread, frosting and candies reminds us all that it's holiday season. A variety of these edible art pieces will be on display all weekend at Hotel Petaluma. You can enter your own architectural masterpiece, too, for prizes at the Sunday finale judging event. Admission is free.

Details: 205 Kentucky St., Petaluma, 707-559-3393.

A Winter Retreat at Timber Cove Resort



Timber Cove Resort, Jenner, California


What's more romantic than a cozy getaway to this gem perched cliffside overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Jenner? Snuggle as the fog rolls in, with you and your sweetie wrapped in cozy robes and cuddled in front of your suite's fireplace. The recently renovated luxury resort also offers the Coast Kitchen restaurant, a charmer with the dining room flanked by a wall of windows overlooking the water and the fire pit patio. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus offer seasonal, locally sourced wine country coastal cuisine and dynamic wines from the region.

Details: 21780 North Coast Highway 1, Jenner, 707-847-3231.

13th Annual California Artisan Cheese Festival

Mar. 22-24, 2019

This remarkable 'all things cheese' event has grown so popular that it now takes over the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Enjoy sampling from hundreds of specialty cheeses, seeing chef demonstrations and pairings, taking creamery and farm tours, and learning more about how fine cheeses are made. Rounding it out are wines, beers, ciders, spirits and snacking on other artisanal bites.

Details: 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa.


Find all events on Sonoma County's Calendar of Events

Carey Sweet